Nearman files to replace himself. Swanson enters race

By NW Spotlight,

There indeed may be a sequel to the events surrounding State Representative Mike Nearman who this month was expelled from the State Legislature leaving his vacant seat open for replacement.   Mike Nearman has officially filed election paperwork making himself eligible to be nominated by the local Republican Precinct Committee Persons and subsequently be appointed by the County Commissioners.

At the same time, candidate John Swanson, described as “a lifelong Republican, Chief of Staff for State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R), volunteer board member for Oregon Right to Life PAC, and was instrumental in planning the three Oregon Senate Republican walkouts.” has made an official announcement to also fill the vacant seat.

There will likely be a few more to enter the race as the filing day nears as there were for the replacement of outgoing Senator Alan Olson who was replaced by Bill Kennemer.

Commissioners from Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Benton counties will make the final vote based up the top candidates selected by the PCP.  The Commissioners have 30 days to make the decision.